Alec Baldwin takes your questions on Twitter, reveals the movie he's most proud of


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Alec Baldwin was positively Reaganing on Twitter this afternoon. It was a “magic zone of error-free” tweeting, as the 30 Rock star fielded questions for parts of six hours. Q: Who was your first movie crush? A: Raquel Welch. Q: Best pizza in NYC? A: Brothers in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Q: What’s for lunch? A: A lettuce-tomato sandwich on white bread, with a large helping of mayo. Then, some Tang.

Most of the inquiring tweets that Baldwin chose to respond to were the opposite of penetrating: favorite reality show (Hoarders), favorite Meryl Streep movie (Out of Africa), favorite Aimee Mann song (“Wise Up”). But I found his answer to, “What film starring yourself has made you feel the most proud?” most interesting. He went with The Hunt for Red October, instead of more critically esteemed movies like Miami Blues or The Cooler, a perfect little film for which he was nominated for an Oscar (although perhaps he deemed his role as a nasty casino boss not “starring” enough for this particular question).

But paint me pleased by his embrace of Red October. I adore the deep-sea thriller — which holds up more than 20 years later — and I think his Jack Ryan is unquestionably the best. Obviously, though, he must have mixed feelings. He’s talked extensively about that acting experience and his subsequent replacement by Harrison Ford, so it’s comforting to learn that it’s not tainted by some sense of disappointment. After all these years, Baldwin seems to have come to grips with what happened, and even if he never became a Ford or Costner or Cruise, his thriving career continues to be full of diverse roles and pleasant surprises.

Did you expect Baldwin to name The Hunt for Red October as the film he’s most proud of? If not, which movie would you have nominated?

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  • Monty

    If there was a question about “Biggest Disappointment” i would guess “The Shadow”…

    • One of the best

      I watch Hunt For Red October about once a year, it is one of my favorite movies of all time. He was the best Jack and it was the best Clancy story told – the others with Harrison Ford were not very good story-wise

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    • DavidJ

      Actually Baldwin was pretty awesome in The Shadow. And the movie itself works surprisingly well (at least if you dig the retro 30s pulp thing). Unfortunatley most people just didn’t understand it or never gave it a chance.

  • LOL

    GOP fears Alec Baldwin.

  • Dr. Lola Spratt

    Even his more mundane tweets are great if you read them in his voice. I found it rather amusing at least. Though I’m easily amused hah.

  • Dysthymia83

    Team America. =P

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  • Scot B.

    I would have expected Glengarry Glen Ross.

    • Squishmar

      Me too… but my guess is he didn’t count it because he’s definitely not the star of the movie. Interesting that that scene (and monologue) wasn’t in the original play. It was written just for the film.

  • jackrabit

    GlenGary GlennRoss – best 7 1/2 minutes of Baldwin EVER!! That was the whole movie.

    • Glenn

      Gotta go youtube that scene right now.

  • abadstroller

    Loved how in the 30 Rock episode spoofing Hi-Def Jack Donaghy’s HDTV image was of the young hot Alec Baldwin from “The Hunt for Red October”. I agree with him about liking his performance in that movie: He was quite good (and very handsome) in it.

  • Alec Baldwin narrates “Meet Your Meat”

    “The Edge” and “The Getaway” are great faves too. Exciting!

    • bill

      I agree with the Edge….he was the best part of a great movie

  • Sandra

    I liked him in “Malice”. The “I AM God” scene … I absolutely believed it and forgot he was an actor. Acting.

  • ajmalzx

    Of all Alec’s movie, the hunt for red october is the one I enjoyed the most. Glad too see he likes it too.

  • ron

    Baldwin personally surrendered the role of Ryan in the sequels…too much of a star I suppose?

    • Alec Baldwin narrates “Meet Your Meat”

      Not quite. Alec recently wrote on Huffington Post about the circumstances why he didn’t appear as Jack Ryan again. It’s not because he didn’t want to. He did. He got screwed. Read his account over at The Huffington Post.

  • jimr

    He was great in a movie called Outside Providence

  • janice

    Not surprised he would be one of the celebrities on twitter. The guys likes attention and is one of those people who always has to have his opinion heard or read somewhere. He has a big mouth.

  • Bella

    I love Harrison Ford the person much more than I love Alec Baldwin, but I thought Baldwin’s Jack Ryan was way superior to Ford’s.

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